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Independent Bookstores in New Hampshire

NewPages.com guide to the best New Hampshire indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in New Hampshire are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

Voted Best Bookstore in the Lakes Region, located on Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit us for the best new books, cards, toys, jewelry, and accessories. Don’t miss our Used Book Floor and follow our “Find of the Week on the Used Book Floor” blog on our website and on Facebook. We look forward to meeting you!

As the largest independent bookstore in Northern New England, in continuous operation since 1898, Gibson’s Bookstore is able to offer not only a huge inventory, but also the amenities usually associated with national chains.

The Colophon Book Shop specializes in the fields of antiquarian and in-print books about books, literature, and WWI & WWII aviation.

WSB is the largest independent bookstore in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. Conveniently located in downtown Exeter, we are 100% here for you. From special orders to out of print titles to “what the heck should I read next?” we can help!

A new bookstore, bar, and café in Hanover, NH.

Escape Hatch Books
  • Escape Hatch Books
  • 27 Main St.
  • City: Jaffrey
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Escape Hatch Books is half bookstore, half comic shop, half publishing company and half game shop . . . We just pretend that math works. Our goal is to be a comic shop with the vibe of a bookstore. AND a bookshop with the fun energy and creativity of a comic shop. AND to be a fun place to hang out and play games (and hopefully buy them, too). And to encourage, create, and promote cool stuff. But don’t take our word for it. Step into the Escape Hatch and see for yourself!

  • Toadstool Bookshop
  • 12 Emerald St.
  • City: Keene
  • Phone: (603) 352-8815
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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We carry new books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, greeting cards, used books and more! We can also order those hard-to-find and out of print titles for you. There’s nothing like an actual book to make your imagination soar!

Bookery Manchester

The independent bookstore of downtown Manchester, NH.

We have something for every age group including books, puzzles, toys, gifts, chocolate, greeting cards, and stationery, as well as author events.

Crackskull's Books & Cafe

Books. Coffee. Records.

We pride ourselves on being a quirky, local, indie bookstore nestled in the heart of North Conway, NH.

Visit one of our three locations in Keene, Milford, and Peterborough.

Well Read Books
  • Well Read Books
  • 18 Plaistow Rd. #9
  • City: Plaistow
  • Phone: (603) 819-5116
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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We offer a large selection of many genres of used books, most in like new condition, including a large selection of SF/Fantasy, as well as new books at 10% off the list price. We also carry books on CD and a large selection of puzzles from 300 to 2,000 pieces.

Envisioned by three longtime booksellers and a creative chef, Portsmouth Book & Bar offers much more than select used books, great food, and beers; we offer a sense of place, a unique experience created through design, community events, and cultural events.

Your friendly neighborhood bookstore. 

  • Sheafe Street Books
  • 29 Sheafe St.
  • City: Portsmouth
  • Phone: (603) 498-5202
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Called “The Best Small Bookshop in New England” by Yankee Magazine

MainStreet BookEnds

Community bookstore, toy store, and gallery. We host events for all ages.

The Country Bookseller

Located in beautiful Wolfeboro, NH we are a small bookstore with a huge selection of what you like to read! Spend time in our cafe with locally roasted gourmet coffee, gelato, and pastries while you browse.